Hacks have all the answers

Fleet Street’s top court reporters proved too good for the judiciary when they took first prize in a money-spinning quiz for charity at the Old Bailey.

Fourteen teams, including journalists, judges and leading QCs, locked horns with shorthand writers, ushers and court staff in an evening which raised almost £1,000 for Ovarian Cancer Action.

While their lordships were troubled on questions such as ‘When was hanging abolished?’and the line from Oranges and Lemons – which features the Old Bailey – the hacks romped home. (Note: the answers are 1965 and ‘when will you pay me”.)

The winning team, ‘Mightier than the sword,’was made up of Shenai Raif and John-Paul Ford Rojas of PA, Peter Stubley and Sarah Knapton from Central News, Paul Cheston from the Evening Standard and Adrian Shaw of The Daily Mirror.

Readers can donate to the Ovarian Cancer Action charity by ringing 0207 248 2433.

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